Pre Advanced In Person Class


Pre-Advanced Truffle Class


Instructor(s): Alana McGee (CPDT-KA), Aiko Vail, Erica Wells (CPDT-KA, CNWI), Victoria Gideon (KPA, CDPT-KA),

This class is taught as a 1-off class prior to entering fieldwork. In order to move into Advanced/ Fieldwork classes, you must have completed Pre Advanced AND reached the necessary level of requirements for fieldwork, OR have instructor approval. If you are not sure if this is right for you, contact us. It may be necessary to take several Pre-Advanced classes or a private lesson in order to get ready for fieldwork. Generally, it takes 2-3 Pre-Advanced sessions, or a private lesson to be ready for field classes.

This class is designed to give you the opportunity to practice realistic scenarios in our “Mock” Truffle forests prior to heading out to the real thing, so you can make the most of your training time and experience during that class or lesson at the advanced level.


Pre-Requisites for Pre-Advanced Classes

In order to be eligible or ready to take this class your dog should be able to work for at least 10-15 minutes, and able to locate 3-5 buried hides (or truffles) 1-3 inches deep in loose soil in a natural environment (this does not mean your back yard- but could mean a park or forest setting). Most students who have completed Intermediate level Truffle classes with us will be ready for this class.

This class is also great for anyone looking for a tune-up prior to the season and heading out to the field!

You may sign up for, and take as many of these classes as needed in order to get ready for lessons and classes in the field (ie. in the truffle forest).



After purchase, you will be sent a link to the signup form where you can sign up for the time slots. If you purchase multiple sessions, you are welcome to sign up for the corresponding number of slots in subsequent weeks on the signup sheet. If you end up not needing them, we will credit your account towards future lessons or fieldwork. In MOST CASES Cut off for sign-ups is 24 HRS PRIOR to class- TEXT US if less than 24 hrs before class– we may be able to add you. If you sign up after that 24 hr cut off we cannot honor your spot selection.

Classes will be held in 30-45 or 1 hr windows based on the number of students signing up on a particular date. We will do our best to accommodate requests.  There are a limited number of students per hour.

*Based on sign-up numbers,  your individual class may be shorter than 1 hr and we’ll confirm date and time of class with you via email.

The sign-up sheet link below, please Purchase class and then select your time. 

*The dates listed are for the 2024 Hunting Season. Click on the following Button to see the Most Up to Date Dates:

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(Updated as of 02/08/24)

Upcoming Dates:


*additional times will be added, but please reach out and contact us if these don’t work for your schedule. Weekend time slots are limited.

There is not an online component for this class, but after your class, you will be added to our advanced Truffle forum and online materials.

Please allow 48 hrs for cancellation. 


PDX area/ North Oregon-





Corvallis/ Southern Oregon





Seattle Area




Coastal area is available contact for confirmation of availability.

Fine Print:

*all dogs must be current on vaccinations. If you have any questions on if this class is right for you, please contact us directly, we are happy to chat.

**If you have two working dogs in your household you’d like to work, please purchase two spots.

***If you have not taken a class with us previously or are unsure if you are ready for this class, or can skip this class, please contact us directly or any of our instructors and we can chat with you if this is the correct option for you.

**** Please review our Cancelation Policy  & our Covid Policy prior to enrolling.

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